JetPack Aviation will never be confused with Stark Industries and Chief Executive David Mayman will never be confused with Iron Man. But the two companies – one located in Van Nuys, the other in the fictional Marvel Universe – share the goal of making jetpack technology a practical reality.

Stark did it with the Iron Man suit while JetPack Aviation has the JB-10, a portable jet turbine-powered flying machine that Mayman has demonstrated in the U.S. and Europe.

The company was started in 2006 by Mayman, an Australian with a background in aviation who has dabbled in corporate development, investment management and mergers and acquisitions, and Nelson Tyler, who runs a business in Van Nuys building camera mounts attached to helicopters used for filming movies and by police agencies. JetPack Aviation shares space at Tyler’s camera mount company housed in a four-building compound.

Read the full story in the April 17 issue of the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.